Friday, 16 May 2014

My Frugal, Penny Jar Savings Challenge.

I have this amazing vintage toffee jar.  It was given to me buy my old next door neighbour.  It is made from really thick glass and has a real bakelite lid.  


I've been throwing my loose change in it for a while now.  Then I had a thought.  I wondered if I can save enough loose change to pay for all my food shopping in December and January.  These are the months that are toughest for me financially, spending on fun and frolics in December and the 6 week wait 'till January pay day, after being paid early in December due to payroll being closed over Christmas.

There is a magical machine in the supermarket that you tip your pennies into.  It counts them and gives you a voucher in exchange that you can use for your shopping in store.


I usually do one big supermarket shop a month, and spend about £30 - £35.  So I need to save about £70 in my lovely penny jar.  Otherwise I'll be back on the plain rice and left over candy cane diet in January!

Do you think I can do it?  I have £19.99 (and 1 American dime and 2 googly eyes) in it at the moment!  

Are you saving up for anything?

9 comments:

  1. Great idea, whatever you save is going to help with the food shop. I also try and buy a some extra tinned and dry goods during summer when they are on offer to help with the lean months.

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    1. That's a good idea Lorna, I will try to do the same!

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  2. Now that's a good idea - December and January is fraught in most homes, I fear.

    Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. (But - unfortunately we do not have a in-store machine to count the change... LOL)

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    2. Shame you don't have a change counting machine, I don't think the checkout staff would be very happy to be paid with too many pennies! You could always take change to the bank though.

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  3. I should try this, I dread to say how much my grocery bills are, 3 kids eat a lot!! great idea.

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    1. I bet 3 kids do eat a lot! I shudder to think about it, food can be so expensive.

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  4. Good luck, spare change can really add up! I used to buy most of my Christmas presents with accumulated change. What's the exchange rate on googly eyes? ;)

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    1. Think googly eyes go for about 3.5p each (surely!), I should try to find some more!

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